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Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bikers from throughout Arkansas will gather in Conway on Saturday, Dec. 12 for the 15th annual Conway Regional Toy Run.

The bikers will begin their line up at 10 a.m. at Landers Toad Suck Harley Davidson, 1110 Collier Drive off Museum Road in Conway.  At noon, Santa will lead the way for a caravan of motorcycles, trikes and cages (cars) leaving the dealership for Conway Regional Medical Center, where they will deliver the toys.

About 250 people participated in the event last year.

“No child should be in the hospital at Christmas without a toy,” said Steve “Painter” Polk, who has organized the Toy Run since it began in 2000.

“Each year, the number of toys has grown to the point that it supplies our patients all year,” said Jo Lynne Gasaway, RN, Director of Pediatrics.

UCA hosts open house for new downtown facility

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas will host an open house on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the new UCA Downtown at 1105 Oak Street.

UCA Downtown will be home to culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning programs hosted by UCA. Located within walking distance to popular restaurants, shopping, Toad Suck Square and Simon Park, UCA Downtown can also be rented to host upscale events, business meetings and other small functions.

The Conway community is invited to visit the new facility for a tour and to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, entertainment and door prizes. The open house is free and open to the public.

UCA Downtown officially opens in January.

For more information, contact the UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at (501) 450-3118.

Conway police gear up for holidays

Conway police gear up for holidays

CONWAY, Ark. - Officers with the Conway Police Department will be out in full force this Holiday Season so that you can 'Shop Secure.'  

The City Council has allocated $50,000 to have four additional officers per shift to work overtime from November 26 to December 27.  Along with regular patrols all over town, two officers will focus specifically on the Commons shopping center, one will work the Towne Center and we will have an officer patrolling the downtown area. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past from both business owners and customers about the presence of police officers in the shopping centers,” said Chief Spradlin with the Conway Police Department.  “Many felt safer and strongly believed it was a deterrence to crime.” 

UCA STEM Institute open house

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The UCA STEM Institute open house will be held on Wednesday, November 18. 

The open house will be held in Main on UCA campus in room 212, 213 and 215. 

VIP hours will be held from 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which will include a light lunch and a presentation of the new institute. Organizers of the event want to give the public an opportunity to tour the facilities and see the resources and programs that are available to teachers and students. 

Special guests attending the VIP luncheon are President Tom Courtway, the Provost, College Deans, various Department Chairs, and the CEO of Conway Corporation. 

For more information, visit www.uca.edu/steminstitute.

UCA afterwords awards to celebrate first-year writers

CONWAY, Ark. — The University of Central Arkansas Department of Writing will feature the AfterWords awards ceremony, honoring first-year Residential College writers, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The 4-6 p.m. event, free and open to the public at the Bear’s Dean, just off campus at 235 Farris Road, will feature student readings of the award-winning works, selected by faculty from the WRTG 1310, Introduction to College Writing course.

Awards will be given for first, second, third and honorable mention from each residential college, as well as a reading award given on the day of the reading for the best read essay. Lacey Thacker of the UCA writing faculty will also read from her work.

“We are excited about what AfterWords offers first-year writers,” said Sophie Dix, interim director of first-year writing. “The competition allows students to celebrate their writing in a community of writers.”

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Several staff members of Taziki's Mediterranean Café at their locations throughout Arkansas in North Little Rock, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Conway and Little Rock have decided to participate in ‘No-Shave November,’ a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

Taziki’s has its own ‘team’ page on No-Shave November’s website, where donations can be made to support these efforts.

UCA, BACC. WRPDD to host "Saving Your Small Town" training event

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas’ (UCA) Center for Community & Economic Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to host “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development” for North Central Arkansas community leaders.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, UCA will partner with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD) to offer the boot camp in Independence County. The training will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Maxfield Room (Room 119) in the Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus.